Our eighth hike and the newest one starting with the 2016 season, the Linda Loring Nature Foundation’s publicly accessible property is on the south side of Eel Point Road on the west end of Nantucket’s north shore. It offers easy trails through sandplain grasslands, coastal shrublands and along the North Head of Long Pond in sight of an active osprey nest, hovering Northern harriers and views of Nantucket Sound from the highest points along the trail.
Nantucket Walkabout is very excited about its partnership with the Linda Loring Nature Foundation because hikers will be getting the dual benefit of guide Peter Brace’s natural world knowledge of Nantucket along with, when she’s available, expert property-specific information from Linda Loring’s director of research, Dr. Sarah Bois. A botanist, Sarah is great with children and will share with everyone her extensive plant, insect, bird and mammal knowledge pertaining to this property as well as ongoing research out on the land.
This is about a two-hour hike experience from pick up to drop off. Check the hike calendar to see when we are heading out to the Linda Loring Nature Foundation, but realize that this is a seasonal hike, which is on our hike calendar from spring through early fall. However, the Linda Loring Nature Foundation is open year-round to walkers who want to explore their property from sunrise to sunset. Please leave your dog(s), horse(s) and bike(s) at home, as none of these are allowed on the trails. Also, this is a great hike for student groups and schools.
This hike costs $40 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under. However, please book this hike no later than 5 p.m. the day before to guarantee that Dr. Bois will be available to hike with us. Check the Hike Calendar to see when we are hiking the trail at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation and to book it. To arrange for private or student group hike on this route, call or email us for our rates and to discuss your hiking needs.
Biking to this hike?
Get $5 OFF the cost of the hike when you meet us there by bike or bus (use promo code TRAILHEAD at checkout)!
For those biking out to the Linda Loring Nature Foundation at 110 Eel Point Road, it’s 4.2 miles from town via Cliff Road and Eel Point Road. Cliff Road begins at the intersection of Cliff Road and Easton and North Water streets, and is serviced by a bike path starting at Sherburne Turnpike. This bike path merges into the Eel Point Road bike path.
If you’re coming from Madaket, it’s 5.4 miles from Millie’s Restaurant on the Madaket Road bike path and then the Eel Point Road bike to the Linda Loring Nature Foundation.
Be aware that the Eel Point Road bike path ends at Dionis Beach Road. Follow the paved portion of the road from there. The road eventually turns to dirt and sand, so be careful.
Taking the shuttle to this hike?
Get $5 OFF the cost of this hike when you meet us there by bus. (use the promo code TRAILHEAD at checkout)! Take the NRTA/The Wave shuttle bus using the Madaket route May 27-Sept. 6, 2016. In town, this bus departs for Madaket from in front of the Whaling Museum at 13 Broad Street across from the Sunken Ship and the Rose ‘n Crown. Get off at the Madaket Road Bike Crossing stop. Find the Eel Point Connector path to Eel Point Road at this stop and follow it back in the direction the bus came from. Cross Eel Point Road and go left onto the Eel Point Road bike path, following it to 110 Eel Point Road on the left (south) side of what will be a dirt road. It’s about 1.8 miles from the bus stop to the Linda Loring Nature Foundation.
Logging your steps.
If you’re counting your steps with a fitness/activity tracker, this hike offers around 2,328 steps.